301 Redirects -- useful, or wasteful?

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SEO consultants are recommending 301 redirects to consolidate traffic among www.site.com and site.com. I am skeptical, because there is no way those can point to two different pages. What is Synthasite's position?
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Ed-a-Torials @ Honey Bear Playhomes, Champion

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so I just checked and all my links are gone too... Did something happen between 2 weeks and now that I did not hear about that could have affected this?

I wonder are these links gone for good now or does Google when they crawl re-locate them? There were 6 months worth of them and I can't stand the thought of resubmitting them all over again.

I hope my page rank and search results don't drop as well because of this...

http://honeybearplayhomes.com/
http://honeybearplayhomes.synthasite....
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Hi Ed
I am going to share a couple of ideas here. Bear with me if I am off the mark (no pun intended):
a) It's one of the normal Google reporting issues and the links will show back up shortly.
b) You have over optimized your links and tripped one of Google's spam filters. (Please don't ask me how it works, I don't know)

I strongly encourage you to post your questions on the Google Webmaster forum - the folks there will know a lot more than I do. Please share the information as I also want to learn!
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It sounds like you are talking about WebMaster Tools links, since you say "6 months worth." Is this so?

If so, relax. For a site on WT dashboard listed as "example.com," add a new version called "www.example.com." Then see if your links reappear. You can leave the old version until you are confident, then delete it, as you can always add it again later.

This information is from WT help forum, where I had to turn after this happened to me and I found no relief in traditional channels. It would be no big deal, but I've only been trying to explain the problem for about 3-4 months. Forwarding your subdomain to a purchased domain is a typical prior event, as no one bothers to check what domain variant you are using. Perhaps this is to comply with a standards issue, but it would seem simple enough to have a draft advisory out so that customers stop having heart attacks.
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Ed-a-Torials @ Honey Bear Playhomes, Champion

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I was at a complete loss at what to do as I was completely locked out of my links entirely and then even the number and pages disappeared ... It all went poof...

So I deleted the http://honeybearplayhomes. com and http://honeybearplayhomes.synthasite. com and replaced it with http://honeybearplayhomes.synthasite. com/ (this is what I have been placing as one of my URLS all this time whenever I post somewhere)

I deleted my sitemap located on the webmasters tools sitemap page and listed the location that Synthasite generates. (without the "resources" prefix)

I ticked the "Don't set a preferred domain" in the Preferred domain section of settings

And well now I happily see all my links where they should be as well all my errors disappeared too.(positive aspect of it all ;)

It took half a day but go figure...
http://honeybearplayhomes.com/
http://honeybearplayhomes.synthasite....
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Ruth

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Glad you got it sorted, Ed.
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Cool to see that some of this stuff is getting sorted out by my fellow synthasiters!

I was just wondering: Why do people want to keep their sites published at BOTH example.synthasite.com and example.com? doesn't this bring about issues because of duplicate content? sorry if this is totally off base, but for some reason I think/feel it may be related to some of the problems that have been popping up in this thread. I haven't ran into most of these and I unpublished my example.synthasite.com domain shortly after setting up my example.com domain.

In order to make traffic flow, though, I went back to my old example.synthasite.com domain, reclaimed it, and published a "new" site redirecting to example.com.

so http://cosmicsensorium.synthasite.com and http://cosmicsensorium.com are two different sites on my site builder. the first just says "update your bookmarks, we moved" on each page, and redirects to the second.

Just my 2 cents in case someone wants to try out!
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Ruth

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Thanks for sharing your idea.